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  • Areas of Natural Interest: Montemar National Park

    Montemar National Park, Zapata Swamp. Cuba

    • Destination: Zapata Swamp
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  • Description Areas of Natural Interest: Montemar National Park, Zapata Swamp. Cuba

    The Zapata Peninsula Biosphere reserve was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2001. It contains the largest wetlands in the Caribbean. Here you will see flamingos, manatee, crocodiles and the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird, thriving in their natural habitat.

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  • Horseback Riding in Matanzas
  • Horseback Rio Canimar Horseback Rio Canimar

    Lat:23.03902   Lon:-81.49571 

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    Groups are constantly departing to allow the visitors to be acquainted with all corners in the farm…

  • Nature Trails in Matanzas
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    Hatiguanico River Trail Hatiguanico River Trail

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    This route up the Hatiguanico River, one of the largest and most important in Cuba, takes you around…

    Speleolacustrine Trail Speleolacustrine Trail

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    This system—which contains many different geographic features and kinds of vegetation—is…

    El Patriarca Trail El Patriarca Trail

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    This is a route, which takes place through different vegetal formations. It lasts approximately 45 minutes,…

    Musulmanes Trail Musulmanes Trail

    Lat:22.16880   Lon:-81.13540 

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    This route consist of an approximately 60 minutes walk through a great diversity of plants and animals,…

  • Birdwatching Trails in Matanzas
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    LAS SALINAS This route is a harmonious combination of hiking and boating. You set out hiking from Playa…

  • Car rental offices next to Montemar National Park
  • Playa Giron Car rental officePlaya Giron Car rental office

    Playa Giron. Cienaga de Zapata. Matanzas
    045984126 9,084km 143m

  • Montemar National Park is located in Zapata Swamp
  • The Zapata Peninsula, one of the most important ecosystems in Cuba and the largest swamp reserve in the Caribbean, is situated in southern Matanzas. It features exceptional species of flora and fauna, many of which are endemic.

    The Montemar Great Natural Park is located in the peninsula. Here, you will find beaches, woods, mangrove swamps, rivers, lakes, flooded caves that open on the sea, natural pools and a seabed of particular beauty. In short, it is an ideal place for day and night scuba diving by both beginners and experienced divers, including the exploration of marine caves., One of the park's main attractions is its cave system, which extends along the coast for 70 km (over 43 miles). The roof of some of these caverns has caved in, turning them into semicircular lakes called "cenotes". The park is also an excellent place to go hiking, horseback riding and boating. In addition, many animals live here, and the international flyways of several kinds of birds go over the park, so you can see both native and migratory species. While in you are in the area, Guamá -a restored Taino Indian village on Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)-, the crocodile-breeding center and the Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs) Museum are musts.